• “GRAA allows me see what my peers are up to and that really helps me come up with new ideas for our practice areas and teaching programs.”

    - Steve Dresser, Steve Dresser Golf Academy

  • “Being involved with the GRAA is one of the best business decisions I have made. It helps me keep up-to-date with the latest information that is going on in the industry. I highly recommend you get involved.”

    - Rick Grayson, Rivercut Golf Course

  • “Being recognized as one of the GRAA Top 50 Private Ranges in the country helped our membership grow to a full 300 golf members. We look forward to gathering more ideas in the future from the GRAA, and continuing to improve our golf facilities and the service to our membership.”

    - Dave Bahr, Maketewah Country Club

  • “The GRAA has been an outstanding resource for not only Fox Hollow training center, but the three other ranges in our golf system. Golf Range Magazine keeps us on the leading edge of industry best practices across the country.”

    - Mike Messina, Fox Hollow Driving Range

  • “The GRAA provides great information and covers a broad spectrum of topics to help me grow my business! I’ve kept in touch with many professionals I met at the Boot Camp, and have continually shared ideas.”

    - Brad Latimer, Smiley’s Golf and Learning Center

  • “I really enjoy using the GRAA as a resource for my golf operations. From the best practices to equipment reviews, I can always count on the GRAA to help improve on what we do.”

    - Don Hurter, Castle Pines Golf Club

  • “The past two years Liberty National has been given the honor of a GRAA Top 50 Golf Range. This is something we are very proud of and would like to thank GRAA for inspiring us to continue to improve our range operation through best practices and keeping us updated on industry trends. Thank you GRAA!”

    - Dan Schleichart, Liberty National

  • “I wanted to thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to attend the GRAA Boot Camp. The event was very well organized and the learning opportunities were tremendous!”

    - Paul Vasquez, Muroc Lake Golf Course

  • “As a three-time winner of the GRAA Top 50 Ranges, Red Ledges has received the positive recognition as one of the top private golf facilities in the state of Utah. This notoriety has brought numerous new golfing members and golf school students to Red Ledges, which has significantly increased operational revenues.”

    - Jon Paupore, Red Ledges

  • “Golf Range Magazine has been a great resource for me and our facility to keep us up to speed on GRAA Best Practices and what is happening in the golf industry. I look forward to each issue to see what nugget of information will be helpful to our operation.”

    - Tiffany Faucette, 1757 Golf Academy

  • “Dancing Rabbit Golf Club greatly values our relationship with the GRAA and is very proud of the recognition we have received. The GRAA helps all facilities to offer and show the best ideas, amenities and services possible for all golfers to enjoy.”

    - Mark Powell, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was a great experience and I learned a lot. It was great having Mike Malaska there; he really kept things interesting and was very helpful with his insight. I look forward to more educational opportunities through the GRAA.”

    - Chris Talerico, Santa Barbara Golf Club

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was outstanding! Seeing the junior golfer so entertained by Nicole Weller was exciting to watch and good to see people like Patrick and Ryan of the GRAA willing to find the challenges that we face in the business.”

    - Lee Puddlefoot, Olde Hickory Golf and Country Club

  • “Having the opportunity to share my best practices’ with the GRAA community has encouraged great feedback from my peers that I have used to further enhance my own programs. It is important for professionals to share their innovative ideas to continue growing the game.”

    - Scott Shapin, Kenwood Golf & Country Club

  • “Loved the exchange of ideas at the GRAA boot camp. The GRAA staff kept the interest level high.”

    - Mimi Brown, Brown Golf Management

  • “The golf architect talk at the GRAA Boot Camp was very eye opening! Great ideas to take back right away!”

    - Alan Manley, Augusta Technical College

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was awesome! Great chance to meet and share with some of the best in the business! Keep it up.”

    - Jason Sedan, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club

  • “Dulles Golf Center and the Chuck Will Golf Academy have had a long standing, positive relationship with the GRAA. Through seminars, Golf Range Magazine, and Best Practices, we have gained valuable information and ideas that not only improve our facility, but directly impact our bottom line!”

    - Chuck Will, Dulles Golf Center

  • “The recent GRAA Boot Camp was upbeat and informative. It was wonderful to hear great speakers like Lou Guzzi and Stephen Kay. I left the Boot Camp with more ideas than expected and will definitely attend another.”

    - Sean Driscoll, Big Swing Golf Center

  • “GRAA best practices provide new and exciting ideas that we may be able to incorporate at TopGolf. Even if it’s not something that can be directly implemented at TopGolf, it tends to stimulate thinking towards related items that may be used at our facilities.”

    - Mark Caster, TopGolf

  • “It’s a pretty awesome publication that the GRAA has. Hats off to Rick Summers and his wonderful staff. The content is always great and relevant. I’m currently starting to implement some of the ideas I’ve seen in the magazine and emails.”

    - Greg Mason, Waverly Municipal Golf Course

  • “The GRAA best practices have been fun to read and always creative. Holding outings on the wedge range and hosting a demo day for women are just two ideas we have implemented.”

    - Mike Barge, Hazeltine National Golf Club

  • “I always enjoy your Best Practices emails as they are chock filled with much, valuable information. Keep them coming!”

    - Judy Alvarez, The Florida Club

  • “I support the GRAA in their Boot Camps, as well as all other opportunities to participate. Why? Because they do a tremendous job of recognizing the many deserving golf teachers across the country.”

    - Dana Rader, Dana Rader Golf School

  • “Having experienced a growth in junior golf, equipment fitting along with the plans of building a new short game facility, GRAA has been a great tool to help us find ways to improve our bottom line.”

    - Rob Clark, The Ledges of Huntsville Mountain

  • “Always great to hear ideas from the industries best. Great GRAA Boot Camp at Fiddler’s Elbow.”

    - Doug Holub, Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course

  • “The GRAA has been tremendous for our practice range and golf club. It is our go to resource for creative ideas, promotions and vendor referrals.”

    - Stephen Clancy, Granite Links Golf Club

  • “Since being named one of GRAA’s Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals my lesson book has exploded! I’m as busy as I can be. Thank you for this honor.”

    - Mike Richards, Mike Richards Golf Academy

  • “The GRAA boot camp I attended was informal, and educational. Learning from PGA National Teacher of the Year, Lou Guzzi, was a valuable experience. Definitely helped me improve as an instructor and the bottom line of my facility!”

    - Jason Blonder, Ash Brook Golf Course

  • Golf Range Magazine, GRAA Best Practices and Boot Camp are all great ways to pick up new ideas that have been successful at other facilities in order to enhance my operation. Everything I’ve seen the GRAA do is a home run!”

    - Brian Varsey, Ocean Reef Club

  • “In our highly competitive market, Golf Range Magazine is one of my best sources for proven best practices and operational issues that pertain to the range.”

    - Mike Woods, PGA, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

  • “I was fortunate to attend the recent GRAA Boot Camp at Fiddler’s Elbow. Hearing Stephen Kay present and to be so engaging concerning practice facility design and me being able to talk to other operators, to learn what is working for them, were both truly valuable.”

    - Bob Issler, Tom’s River Golf Center

  • “Our association with the GRAA goes back several years now. In that time, Shadow Ridge Country Club has been recognized as the region’s leader in practice area and driving range development. We really enjoy your ‘best practices’ features.”

    - Gary Gabrielson, Shadow Ridge Country Club

  • “The GRAA is great to work with because their goal truly is to help get, and keep, people interested in the game of golf. The association is very adamant about helping to promote the best facilities and instructors who do that!”

    - Scott Hogan, Scott Hogan Golf

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp is a very good networking experience. Meeting and building relationships with the sponsors is very beneficial. I have connected with PowerTee and now have an installation in Minnesota — A very good ‘win-win situation’ if notfor the Boot Camp at TPC Twin Cities.”

    - Jim Deutsch, University of St. Thomas

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp program is excellent. I will be looking forward to the next one!”

    - Tom Burley, Indian Wells Golf Resort

  • “Being a part of the Golf Range Association of America has given me the opportunity to network with fellow PGA Professionals who share the same passion for growing the game of golf.”

    - Adam Smith, Salisbury Country Club

  • “Every PGA Professional should have a chance to attend a GRAA Boot Camp!”

    - Will Reilly, Royal Palm Beach Golf Academy

  • “The GRAA is a great resource for any driving range (stand alone, public, private or resort) to use for networking and operational information. Golf Range Magazine and the Best Practices are invaluable products that provide proven ideas that can help all facilities use the range to drive revenue and grow the game!”

    - Greg Mason, Waverly Municipal Golf Course

  • “I am very supportive and appreciative of the GRAA’s efforts to emphasize golf ranges in every capacity. This organization has a huge potential to greatly benefit operators and PGA members.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “GRAA Boot Camps are a wonderful forum for professionals to gather and get new information and exchange ideas that can make us better professionals and operators. The value of these events is immeasurable.”

    - Bill Abrams, Balmoral Woods

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was great and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to attend. Many best practices shared by experts at other facilities can only help to improve revenue and profitability at my facility. Even just implementing one idea learned from the GRAA Boot Camp makes it well worth attending.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “Thank you for bringing your GRAA Boot Camp to NJ – it was terrific! We got a lot of new ideas.”

    - Sue Delaney, Basking Ridge Country Club

  • “The GRAA provides valuable industry information from the top teachers in the game on player development and programming. My bottom line has been directly impacted from the information provided.”

    - Jim Estes, Olney Golf Park

  • “I have to say thanks to the GRAA for hosting their Boot Camps. Great agenda and excellent program!”

    - Patrick Casey, Brentwood Country Club of Los Angeles

  • “In our highly competitive market, Golf Range Magazine is one of my best sources for proven best practices and operational issues that pertain to the range.”

    - Mike Woods, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

  • “The GRAA and its products provide me with a wealth of knowledge. As a teaching professional, the coverage the GRAA gives to instruction is invaluable to me, providing me with ideas and best practices from some of the best instructors in the country!”

    - Lou Guzzi, PGA, Lou Guzzi Golf Academy

  • “I have been using Golf Range Magazine to help me stay current and to learn about trends in the industry. I have found the articles particularly useful in learning about what others have done to stay ahead of the curve. They have also given me ideas on what I can do to make our facility better. Thank you for making us all better.”

    - Dale Abraham, Desert Mountain Club

  • “The GRAA is an amazing resource for all phases of golf. Their association encourages golf professionals and facility operators to get excited about utilizing our range to grow this great game. The GRAA’s information is extremely helpful and relevant in today’s world of golf.”

    - Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen, Jensen Lindebald Impact Golf Academy

  • “The GRAA’s Golf Range Magazine and Best Practice e-mails do an unbelievable job portraying how to grow the game and take instruction to the next level.”

    - Michael Haywood, PGA, Tucson C.C.

  • “I actually learned something when I attended the GRAA Boot Camp, which is not always the case with those type of events. I was able to take away few ideas from the facilitators, and watching Keith Lyford reconfirmed that I am teaching the correct way to improve my students quickly.”

    - Phil Green, Home On The Range

  • “Thanks so much for an informative GRAA boot camp. I can’t wait to do it again.”

    - Marty Stumpf, Farmer Brown’s Golf Center

  • “The sharing of ideas from both the GRAA Boot Camps and Golf Range Magazine is excellent! In a challenging economy, with golf being down not only in rounds played, but equipment and apparel sales, we need to rely on each other to continue to drive ideas for our patrons, customers, and members.”

    - Dan Baker, Golf Galaxy

  • “I am very supportive and appreciate of your efforts to emphasize golf ranges in every capacity. The GRAA has huge potential to greatly benefit operators and PGA members.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “Outstanding event! Meeting all of the astute fellow professionals and the private session the first evening with Lester George were the highlights of a great GRAA Boot Camp at Kinloch.”

    - Kevin Lovell, Winton Country Club

  • “I took away several ideas from the GRAA Boot Camp at Kinloch that I think will help enhance my business. Thought the ideas were good and learned a lot from others doing things differently. Loved exchanging ideas with different operators.”

    - Jay Perkins, Bel Air Golf Center

  • “I read GRAA Best Practices and Golf Range Magazine. After reading the topics, I apply the practices that make sense for my operation and modify them to meet the needs of my customers. These have had a positive impact on my business.”

    - Rob Sedorcek, Country Club of St. Albans

  • “The GRAA staff was great at keeping on track and initiating discussion at the recent GRAA Boot Camp at Trump National – Los Angeles. There was way more interaction than I have seen at past educational seminars. Keep up the good work!”

    - Chris Talerico, Santa Barbara Golf Club

  • “I love to read the GRAA best practices and articles. New ways to do things or something a little different is hard to think of when we are all consumed in our own facilities. I also like that GRAA has incorporated videos, which is even more descriptive and love to see the visual aspect.”

    - Shawn Cox, The Grand Golf Club

  • “The exchange of ideas at with other PGA professionals at the Mistwood GRAA Boot Camp and the practice facility design presentation were awesome and terrific. Great job!”

    - Ed Stevenson, Oak Meadows Golf Club

  • “We pride ourselves and work very hard to maintain and grow our facility. It is always nice to be rewarded for our work, especially from a well respected and leading industry organization such as the GRAA.”

    - Phil Scally Jr., Scally’s Golf Center

  • “We can be an isolated industry when we are in the midst of our busy seasons. As a GRAA member, we appreciate the connection to others in our industry that the magazine and best practices provide.”

    - Rick and Patty Kline, Sittler Golf Center

  • “The GRAA is not just for driving ranges! Our golf courses benefit tremendously from our relationship with the GRAA. They provide us a wealth of knowledgeable resources in all facets of our operations from food & beverage to golf course maintenance and everywhere in between.”

    - Carl Filipowicz, Traditional Golf Properties

  • “I got some great ideas from the GRAA Boot Camp, which got me thinking of different ways to implement programs at my facility.”

    - Fred Glass, Neshanic Valley Golf Course

  • “More than anything, the GRAA has provided me new ideas and ways to help people play better golf and enjoy the game more. The videos and articles in Golf Range Magazine often give me a different view on a training aid or fresh perspective on a drill/exercise that I may not have used for some time.”

    - Andy Hilts, GolfTec

  • “The GRAA certainly acts as a resource and avenue to research great ideas from leading industry professionals.”

    - Chad Fleming, TPC Jasna Polana

  • “It was very exciting to be able to host a GRAA Boot Camp at our facility. Having taught at one the previous year, I knew it would be a very professionally run event attracting golf professionals from the area. The GRAA has really created a nice traveling product that is a must-attend if in your area!”

    - Nicole Weller, The Landings Club

  • “Taking ideas that have been presented by Golf Range Magazine and GRAA best practices, then customizing those ideas to fit our facility has been so beneficial to Pine Meadow. My advice, read the magazine, read the GRAA best practices, you just never know where they may take you or your staff.”

    - Dennis Johnsen, Pine Meadow Golf Club

  • “The GRAA is a great resource for our business. It is a vehicle through which we can stay relevant, keep up with the latest and greatest and assist in running a top-notch operation.”

    - David Beltre, Chelsea Piers

  • “We have been very happy with our relationship with the GRAA. I read much of Golf Range Magazine each month and I archive the ‘Best Practices’ so that when we are looking at something new I can go back and see if someone has already had that experience. Having that information readily at hand is very valuable.”

    - Danny Elkins, Georgia Golf Center

  • “We can be an isolated industry when we are in the midst of our busy seasons. As a GRAA member, we appreciate the connection to others in our industry that Golf Range Magazine and the GRAA Best Practices provide.”

    - Rick Kline, PGA, Sittler Golf Center

  • “I love to read the GRAA best practices and articles. New ways to do things or something a little different is hard to think of when we are all consumed in our own facilities. I also like that GRAA has incorporated videos, which is even more descriptive and love to see the visual aspect.”

    - Shawn Cox, The Grand Golf Club

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp at Haggin Oaks was a great opportunity to brainstorm with fellow professionals and to get some fresh ideas to try at my facility!”

    - Keith Lyford, Old Greenwood

Tasha Browner Bohlig, PGA

PGA

2015 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals

Tasha Browner Bohlig, PGA

El Caballero Country Club

18300 Tarzana Drive

Tarzana, California 91356

(818) 535-0757

http://www.tashabrownergolf.com/

tbrownerpga@gmail.com

Tasha Browner Bohlig is TPI Certified, a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach, and a featured Instructor for the Golf Channel’s “SwingFix.” She is also a co-founder of Swing. Play. Love. Golf., which organizes custom golf trips for women. Tasha takes pride in making the game enjoyable and pain-free for as many subsets of golfers as possible.

Facility Type: Private

Technology used in instruction:

  • iPad
  • Edufii
  • V1
  • FastCamera
  • Foresight launch monitor
  • Orange Peel and Whip
  • SNAG & U.S. Kids equipment/aids
  • SLKZ training aids

 

Approximate number of free “tune-ups” and lessons given per year: 75-100

Growth of the game initiatives: 

  • SNAG Golf Days: we conduct SNAG golf days that coincide with various dining functions. We setup several stations at
    our practice facility where we introduce the game to young golfers ages 3-8. Following the “formal” instruction, we play a
    few games, I dress up and dance around in the SNAG suit, and we take photos that are sent to the participants and their
    families. Along with SNAG, we also bring in a bounce house. We charge $10 per golfer and give a discount to the families
    who attend the dining function to follow.
  • TPI based Golf Fitness Programs – At our facility, we have two TPI certified individuals (myself and one of our Fitness
    Professionals). We are the only facility in the area that offers TPI based programs. We provide TPI assessments and golf
    fitness plans that help the golfer to understand how their body functions and how to spend their time at the course and the
    gym. The best way to grow the game at our club (median age 60) is to help golfers play “pain free”. These golf fitness
    appointments are great for the student and the coach and range in price.
  • Swing.Play.Love.Golf. Trips – In having tremendous success with golf trips for women at our club, a fellow PGA member
    and myself have started a new venture along with our daily responsibilities at our respective clubs. Many clubs either can’t
    or won’t take their ladies away on golf trips and we offer a fully customizable golf experience for women. Most of the trips
    we have done are three days long and include the rounds of golf, two golf clinics, a mental golf workshop, and two golf
    specific yoga classes. We pride ourselves in the details and making sure that the ladies have a great experience with golf.
    Many of them have been too intimidated to take golf trips or are just getting into golf so we want to offer a low pressure,
    fun exposure to the game and golf travel. (http://www.swingplaylovegolf.com)
  • Nine, Wine & Dine Twilight Events – We organize 5-6 events per summer where new golfers can play in an ABCD format
    with more experienced players in a non-threatening environment. These events are nine holes and we have food/drinks
    on every 2-3 holes. These events cost $25 per player and the dinner to follow is not included in the price. We have found
    that these events translate into dozens of new golfers finding games to play in and people to play with which can be a big
    hurdle when taking up the game.
  • El Cab Junior Team Practice: We conduct a once per week (2 hours) “junior practice” throughout the year. These
    practices offer our more competitive juniors a place to hone their skills as well as providing 10 “home and home” matches
    with other area clubs. Each 3 month session costs $300 and we conduct 3 sessions per year. We love these practices
    because our juniors get to know one another as well as meeting other golfers in the area.
    We currently have programs for all skill levels and ages but the above programs are examples of what we have created in
    the last 12 months.

From Beginner to Winner

This twelve (12) week lesson series is an introduction to the game of golf. Students are directed on all aspects of golf, from how to check in before the round to what to do when the round is over and everything in between. With a low 6:1 student to teacher ratio, each student receives personal attention that allows them to learn aspects of the game hat most golfers take for granted.

Simplicity Golf School

Designed for all levels of golfers, the Simplicity Golf School four week series is designed to help golfers of all ages and ability levels through instruction on the full swing, short game, etiquette, rules, on-course instruction and course  management skills. Students use the instruction concepts learned in this course to build a lasting foundation for the game of a lifetime.

Member Golf Clinics (Free)

Weekly clinics held on Saturday mornings designed to help improve members’ golf games and increase number of rounds played. These one hour clinics have helped decrease the participants’ handicaps and have lead to an increase in rounds played by the members that participate in the clinics.

Friday Family Golf Clinics

Bring the family out to share the experience of golf in the beautiful setting and natural splendor of the Desert Mountain Club (Fall, Winter, Spring,) and the Telluride Golf Club (Summers). Instructors facilitate an hour of fun games and activities for all ages and skill levels.

Coaching Hour

A low-cost supervised practice program where the coach helps the student to discover his/her full potential by inspiring him/ her to reach his/her goals through providing support and a creative learning environment.

Road to Golf (ages 5-18)

The Road to Golf Junior Program is an innovative approach to golf development. Based on the principles of long-term athletic development, this junior program incorporates all the necessary fundamental movements the game of golf requires in a safe, fun and exciting learning atmosphere. This program gives juniors the head start they need to succeed and excel in golf.

Strokes of Genius – this summer long program is designed to give juniors free access to the golf club and to help raise funds for college scholarships. Juniors participate in free weekly clinics, receive free individual lessons, are able to play after 1:00pm for free and can practice for free as well. We also hold an annual tournament and charitable auction that raises money for college scholarships.

I have also participated in the PGA Growth of the Game Initiative Programs, including TEE IT FORWARD, Play Golf America and have been a member of the PGA’s Presidents Council for my participating in these programs. This year, I have been a part of the Free Lesson Month, held Get Golf Ready Clinics, and participated in the friend of a card member program and other programs in an attempt to help make golf more readily accessible to and less intimidating to potential new participants. I have also helped raise funds and donations for the last 5 years for the charitable organization Arizona Helping Hands that benefits less fortunate juniors and their families.